Up-Goer Five Text Editor: Can your students explain difficult concepts in simple language?

We want students to understand our course content, obviously. The better students know something, the better they can explain it using simple language. Send your students to the Up-Goer Five Text Editor, and ask students to type in their explanation… Read moreUp-Goer Five Text Editor: Can your students explain difficult concepts in simple language?

Plickers: Poll Your Students Using One Smartphone

When asking students during class to respond to multiple choice questions, you have a number of options. You can use a dedicated clicker system like iClicker where you can have students use a remote or a web-enabled device to respond…. Read morePlickers: Poll Your Students Using One Smartphone

Same.io: Share Your Screen… and Have a Video Conference Call

As readers of my blog know, I’ve been a big fan of Join.me for screen sharing. While Same.io doesn’t allow others to control your screen like Join.me does (yet?), Same.io does have video conferencing. Let’s take a look at how… Read moreSame.io: Share Your Screen… and Have a Video Conference Call

Speek: Conference Calling

I’ve written before about Join.Me for communicating with others while sharing your computer screen. (See the most recent post.) But let’s say that you don’t want to share your screen. You just want to have a conference call (maybe join… Read moreSpeek: Conference Calling

Scribblar: Shared Whiteboard

You are working with a student or a colleague. You are both standing in front of a whiteboard drawing, writing, and discussing your topic. But how do you do this online if you and your collaborator are not in the… Read moreScribblar: Shared Whiteboard

Are You Safe and Secure?

Your computer files. Are they locked away from prying eyes? Are they backed up? Are they backed up offsite, away from fire and flood danger? For the most part, I don’t have super-secret data on my computer. I teach psychology…. Read moreAre You Safe and Secure?

Tweet2Cite: Twitter Citation Generator

With evolving modes of communication comes evolving means of citation. Tweet2Cite is a handy tool. Enter the URL for a tweet, and get the citation, in MLA or APA style. Getting a URL for a tweet This took a little… Read moreTweet2Cite: Twitter Citation Generator

IFTTT: “Put the internet to work for you”

Automatically have your Gmail attachments saved to Dropbox. Tweet Feedly articles you’ve tagged. Text new appointments to Google calendar. Making these kinds of automated connections is the power of today’s internet. And you know what? It’s ridiculously easy to do…. Read moreIFTTT: “Put the internet to work for you”

Cel.ly: Text Message Your Classes for Free

In March 2012 I wrote about SendHub, a platform for texting a group of people all at once. Cel.ly is a similar service with a free space for educators. Unlike SendHub, with Cel.ly, students do not see my phone number… Read moreCel.ly: Text Message Your Classes for Free

Google Hangout: Meet with Students or Collaborators

Google Hangout is a quick and intuitive way to work with up to 9 others in a virtual environment. If you have a Google account, you can create a Hangout. Talk in real time over your computer’s microphone, see each… Read moreGoogle Hangout: Meet with Students or Collaborators